Thursday, March 28, 2013 | 4:01 p.m.
Still nursing a rib injury, Palace Station comedian headliner Louie Anderson didn’t get a lot of screen time Tuesday on Episode 2 of ABC’s “Splash,” but his doctors have cleared him to compete next week. He’ll be paired with NBA icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the celebrities are divided into teams for the first time.
“They have learned how to dive alone, but can they dive together?” said actor, singer and host Joey Lawrence, who was a guest host of Chippendales at The Rio last summer. “All the contestants will be paired with one of their competitors to compete in a partner dive where they’ll take the plunge together.
“They train together all week, but the bottom scoring duo will go head-to-head in a dive-off to determine which one will be the third contestant sent home.”
On Tuesday, despite injuries in a rehearsal fall, “Baywatch” beauty Nicole Eggert and a visibly nervous Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett on the springboard were voted winners by the judges and the audience. Chelsea Handler’s sidekick Chuy Bravo has retired from competition due to injuring his left heel bones. He was replaced by soccer star Brandi Chastain, who narrowly missed elimination. In the final dive-off against Detroit Lions star Ndamukong Suh, the latter was eliminated.
Louie didn’t compete on this week’s episode and rested his bruised body.
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Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.
Palace Station, located just off Interstate 15 on West Sahara, offers comfort, luxury and affordability.
Originally called the Bingo Palace, the casino changed its name to Palace Station in 1984. Palace Station has more than 100,000 square feet of gaming space, including one of the biggest varieties of Baccarat and Pai Gow tile games off the Strip. The casino also offers more than 1,600 slot/video poker machines, 45 table games including blackjack, Pai Gow poker, Pai Gow tiles, Ultimate Texas Hold'Em, craps, roulette and baccarat.
Asian Table Games Area includes Pai-Gow Tiles and Mini and Midi Baccarat with no-commission EZ baccarat, along with Dragon 7 and Panda 8 side bets, plus Dragon Bonus for Midi Baccarat games.
The casino also features a 24-hour, nine-table, non-smoking poker room, a 307-seat bingo hall open 7 days a week with sessions running every other hour from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., a 230-seat race & sports book featuring 44 screens, and a 20-seat keno lounge.
Dining options include Cabo, which specializes in Mexican food, steaks and seafood at The Broiler and Italian from Pasta Cucina.
Entertainment includes Louie Anderson and other stand-up comedians.
(If you're interested in history, the Palace Station was also the site of some international news in 2007 and 2008 — it was where NFL Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson led a raid on a hotel room to try recover some of his sports memorabilia and was later convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping after a highly publicized trial.)